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Stationery Box

January 18, 2018

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by today!  I’ve got a stationery box to share with you today, and it’s so easy to make.  There are lots of versions of this box available, but I found a video tutorial by MayMay Made It.  It’s easy to follow her step by step instructions, but of course, mine doesn’t look exactly like hers.  I have to change it up a little, right?  This is 12 x 12 paper from Colorbok that I’ve been hoarding saving for something special.  The heart is from Catherine Pooler Designs Good Stuff.  I stamped it onto teal cardstock, and heat embossed it in white.  Then I added it to the box lid with foam tape.  This step is optional, but it does help you see which side of the box is the front.

I made this for my mom, who’s down with bronchitis.  She wanted to make several birthday cards, but she’s been too sick to do it.  So I created this to help her out.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

When you remove the lid, this flap falls down.  I added a large pocket to the flap to hold envelopes and stickers.  And I didn’t add pockets for tags or notecards, the way MayMay did.  I love that you can customize this design to hold whatever you need.  This decorative paper is from the same pad, and I love how it coordinates without being too matchy.  Many of the 12 x 12 pads are designed this way.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

I used MayMay’s tutorial to add a matching pen, and I love how it turned out.  It’s simple, but it adds a professional touch.   A black pen would have matched better, but I still like it.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

I wanted my envelopes to match my cards, so I made my own, using the 1-2-3 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.  They don’t seal, so I added monogrammed stickers from Michaels to close the envelopes.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

Both of these cards started from the same piece of watercolor paper.  I heat embossed the flower in black (Beautiful Day from Altenew), and watercolored over it with Gansai Tambi watercolors.  Distress Inks would work, too.  I changed direction halfway through the card, and decided to die cut it.  That left a lot of paper, so I stamped the boat (Sailboat by Darkroom Door) over the watercolor.  It didn’t stamp evenly on the textured cardstock, but I like the vintage look.  I heat embossed sentiments onto black mats and added the watercolor panels with foam tape.  I made 3 of each of these.

Stationery Box - Colorful Encouragement

And this is the final design.  There’s a bookmark that is tucked into the front of the card, and it can be removed and used by the recipient.  As an avid reader myself, I love this card, and I’m working on a tutorial to share with you soon.

Update:  I gave my mom her box on her first day back at work.  I’m pretty sure she liked it, because she actually squealed!

I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial – see you then!

 

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